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About TxOLAN

The TxOLAN Alpaca Association is a regional affiliate of the national Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). TxOLAN is comprised of alpaca owners and other interested individuals from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

Upcoming Events

Feb
9

2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular

The 2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular will include competition, education, vendors, silent and live... Details >

2017 Cottage and Full Fleece Competitions

REGISTRATION IS OPEN


https://www.alpacareg.com



GREETINGS, FIBER ENTHUSIASTS! 


 


Registration for the 2017 TXOLAN Alpaca Spectacular


 


Mail-In FULL Fleece Show RULES and Shipping Information


(For COTTAGE FLEECE details see below)


 


In accordance to the AOA Rules, the entry requirements are as follows:


»  All Fleeces being shown at the TXOLAN Alpaca Spectacular 2017 must not be over 380 days since shearing. They MUST have been shorn after Wednesday, January 27, 2016


»  Juvenile Fleeces must be 183 days at time of shearing or 6 months of growth to be eligible.


»  When registering a Juvenile fleece, if the fleece being presented before the judge was the FIRST shearing and the cria was not shorn or tipped after being born, then the previous shear date is the cria’s birthdate. 


 


Registration Instructions:


Go to the TXOLAN Alpaca Association website www.txolan.org and click on the link for registering for the show. You can also call or Email Lynn Betts, TejasAlpacas@gmail.com, or 936-894-2406 for Fleece Show registration help.


After registering your selected alpacas, print off a copy of each fleece tag and place them with your fleece in a clear plastic bag of 1 mil thickness or less, approximately 30 gallons.


Refer to “PART 19.  (APPENDIX C) GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF FLEECE FOR SHOWING”, which is located on the AOA website.  This is very helpful!


Print and send a copy to Fleece Show Superintendent:


·   Your completed registration


·   ARI certificate for each fleece entered. If your name does not appear on the ARI, please include an Owner of Record Show Entry Form.  Please ensure the copy of the ARI is of the original and not a “Certificate Copy” downloaded from the ARI site.


·   Signed Show Exhibitor Disclosure Form for Judge Amanda Vandenbosch. If your alpaca is co-owned and you would like both owners listed in the final results, be sure to include signed disclosures for all owners. Please read the disclosure carefully and check the two appropriate boxes, as the disclosure has changed from previous years.


Two options for fleece check in:


·   If you are arriving at show prior to 5 pm Thursday, February 09, 2017, you may bring your fleece to the fleece judging room.


or


·   Mail your fleeces to:

Lynn Betts - Fleece

15353 County Road 355 

Plantersville, TX 77363 


 


UPS and FedEx and USPS are all acceptable shippers to this address. Unless you have a prepaid label from UPS or FedEx, all fleeces will be mailed back using the USPS. Choose “Fleece Mail Back” on the registration site if you would like pay upfront to have your fleeces mailed back to you after the show for $15.00 per fleece, $7 per additional fleece.


 


To provide a prepaid label when you ship your fleeces out, bring your fleece to UPS or FedEx with the box UNSEALED so that you can slip your label in the box before shipping. 


» Create an account at Fed Ex or UPS


»  Print out a shipping label with your address on it


»  After the show I will put this label on your box along with any ribbons or special awards and ship it back to you. When it gets scanned, your account/credit card gets charged.


»  DO NOT send a prepaid Priority Mail label from the USPS. It will not include the extra weight added by the ribbons and therefore not have enough postage. 


»  DO NOT send stamps.


Entry Deadline: All Mail -in entries must arrive by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.   


For a complete set of rules, please refer to the AOA Show System Handbook


PART 19.  (APPENDIX C) GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF FLEECE FOR SHOWING


PART 9 SECTION 1   FLEECE COMPETITIONS.


These may be located on the AOA Website under the tab ALPACA SHOWS and may be selected on the left hand side menu. 





 


Cottage Fleece Competition in the AOA Show System


The AOA Show System’s Cottage Fleece competition offers exhibitors the opportunity to show their fleeces in an innovative way that:  1) provides the exhibitor with a Fleece Scorecard judged by an AOA Certified Fleece Judge and 2) provides the exhibitor with a spun skein from that same fleece that has been judged and scored in the Spin-Off by a Spin-Off Judge.  


This competition is an excellent opportunity to show those fleeces that may not quite fit into the regular Fleece Show since there is less emphasis on scoring for overall weight and uniformity of color, but even fleeces that would be competitive in the regular Fleece Show can be entered. The Cottage Fleece competition can be offered at any show that is also holding a Handcrafter’s Spin-Off competition.   There are many exhibitors who elect to submit the mandatory two-ounce samples to enter multiple Handcrafter’s Spin-Off competitions. This will reduce the remaining prime blanket weight of that fleecemay make it an unlikely or less competitivefor entry into a traditional Fleece Show.Since the Cottage Fleece competition places minimal value on overall fleece weight, thesenow have an additional venue to highlight these fleeces, even after they have been sorted for other types of competitions.  The Cottage Fleece competition may also be ideal for those fleeces that have been shown multiple times, are from older alpacas that still retain excellent fineness but do not have associated high fleece weights, or are from alpacas whose fleeces can be processed into beautiful end-use products but may individually lack overall weight or may not be of uniform color.


 


HOW DOES IT WORK?


You first will take two ounces of the selected blanket and enter it into a specific Handcrafter’s Spin-Off competition.  Each Spin-Off remains a stand-alone competition and each entry will be judged, scored and placed regardless of the Cottage Fleece competition. When you enter the Spin-Off, you will be asked to indicate if you will be entering the Cottage fleece competition.  (Your answer is not binding!  This is to gauge interest and potential participation in the Cottage competition.) 


 


Remember:  You must enter the SAME fleece in the Spin-Off and Cottage Fleece at a show that offers the Cottage Fleece competition.


 


The next step for any Cottage Fleece entry occurs once registration opens for the remainder of the show.  You will see online where you will enter your halter entries, fleece entries and cottage entries.  If you attempt to enter the Cottage Fleece competition but did not enter the Spin-Off, this option will not be permitted.  You will only be able to enter the Cottage Fleece or regular Fleece Show – not both with that fleece.  You can certainly enter the Cottage Fleece competition and the regular Fleece Show if you have two different fleeces to enter, providing that all rules pertaining to entry in each are met.


Once all Spin-Off entries have been judged and final scores are tallied, the Show/ Fleece Superintendent will request the Spin-Off scores from the Spin-Off Coordinator for those entries that have also been entered into the Cottage Fleece competition.  Using that Spin-Off score, the Superintendent will then calculate the “Spinning Score” points for the Cottage (25% of the total Cottage Fleece score) Fleece entry.


During the Cottage Fleece judging at the show, the Fleece Judge will judge the Cottage entries separate from the regular Fleece Show entries – these are separate competitions and results are not combined.  The Cottage Fleece competition has its own unique Cottage Fleece Scorecard.  Placements and awards are also completely separate from the regular Fleece Show. 


 


Exhibitors have the opportunity to compete and place twice – in the Spin-Off and Cottage Fleece– with the same fleece.  This is a great opportunity for those fleeces that fit best in the Cottage industry, the fleeces that fiber artisans love!











DON'T MISS TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular COTTAGE FLEECE COMPETITION!!


 


Don’t miss out on participating in the Cottage Fleece competition this year at TXOLAN 2017! The Cottage Fleece Competition is a way to promote your farm and breeding program as a producer of an excellent product. By combining the score of a spun sample of your alpaca’s fiber with an evaluation of the rest of the alpaca’s fleece by an AOA Certified Judge, the emphasis will be on the quality of what your alpaca can produce, not the quantity.   The total score does not rely heavily on the weight of the fleece, as only (5) possible points can be gained in that section, but on the overall quality and usability of your fleece in the cottage industry. 


 


Take a 2oz sample from your fleece for the spin off portion of the competition. Mail it in for spin off competition.  All Spin Off will be mailed to Lynn Betts. Prepare (skirt) the rest of the same fleece.  Get it ready to either mail in or to drop off during Fleece check-in. If opting to mail in your cottage fleece to: 


 


Lynn Betts - Cottage Fleece

15353 County Road 355 

Plantersville, TX 77363 



Please include:


 


· Your completed registration


 


· ARI certificate for each fleece entered. If your name does not appear on the ARI, please include an Owner of Record Show Entry Form.  Please ensure the copy of the ARI is of the original and not a “Certificate Copy” downloaded from the ARI site.


 


· Signed Show Exhibitor Disclosure Form for Judge Amanda Vandenbosch. If your alpaca is co-owned and you would like both owners listed in the final results, be sure to include signed disclosures for all owners. Please read the disclosure carefully and check the two appropriate boxes, as the disclosure has changed from previous years.


 


When your spin off sample is complete, we will use your total score on the Cottage Fleece


Scorecard. The rest of your fleece will then be evaluated and Judged by Certified AOA Judge Amanda Vandenbosch for Fineness, handle, absence of guard hair, uniformity of micron, length and style.


Scoring will be as follows:


 


Huacaya points


  a. Spinning score (25)


  b. Fineness and Handle (20)


  c. Absence of guard hair (10)


  d. Brightness (10)


  e. Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)


  f. Secondary/Primary (S/P) micron range (5)


  g. Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)


  h. Uniformity of crimp expression with its style (5)


  i. Annualized fleece weight (5)


 


Suri points


  a. Spinning score (25)


  b. Fineness and Handle (20)


  c. Absence of guard hair (5)


  d. Luster (20)


  e. Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)


  f. Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)


  g. Uniformity of lock expression with its style (5)


h. Annualized fleece weight (5)





In accordance to the AOA Rules, the entry requirements are as follows:


»  To participate in the Cottage Fleece competition, you must also be entered in the Spin Off competition with a 2-4 oz sample. Please refer to the Spin Off instructions for information on that competition


»  All Cottage Fleeces being shown at the TXOLAN Alpaca Spectacular 2017 must not be over 380 days since shearing. They MUST have been shorn after Wednesday, January 27, 2016


» Juvenile Cottage Fleeces must be 183 days at time of shearing or 6 months of growth to be eligible.


»  When registering a Juvenile Cottage Fleece, if the fleece being presented before the judge was the FIRST shearing and the cria was not shorn or tipped after being born, then the previous shear date is the cria’s birthdate. 


 


Registration Instructions:


.Go to the TXOLAN Alpaca Association website www.txolan.org and click on the link for registering for the show. Call or Email Lynn Betts, TejasAlpacas@gmail.com, or 936-894-2406 for Fleece Show registration help.


After registering your selected alpacas, print off a copy of each fleece tag and place them with your fleece in a clear plastic bag of 1 mil thickness or less, approximately 30 gallons.


Refer to “PART 19.  (APPENDIX C) GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF FLEECE FOR SHOWING”, which is located on the AOA website.  This is very helpful!


Print and send a copy to Fleece Show Superintendent:


·         Your completed registration


·         ARI certificate for each cottage fleece entered. If your name does not appear on the ARI, please include an Owner of Record Show Entry Form.  Please ensure the copy of the ARI is of the original and not a “Certificate Copy” downloaded from the ARI site.


·         Signed Show Exhibitor Disclosure Form for Judge Amanda Vandenbosch. If your alpaca is co-owned and you would like both owners listed in the final results, be sure to include signed disclosures for all owners. Please read the disclosure carefully and check the two appropriate boxes, as the disclosure has changed from previous years.


Two options for fleece check in:


·         If you are arriving at show prior to 5 pm Thursday, February 09, 2017, you may bring your fleece to the fleece judging room.


or


·  Mail your fleeces to:

Lynn Betts - Cottage Fleece 

15353 County Road 355 

Plantersville, TX 77363 


 


Have your Cottage Fleece mailed back to you along with your spin off for $15.00 per fleece, $7 per additional fleece. 


 


Please refer to the 2016 AOA Show System Handbook, Section 3 of the Fleece Section, pages 60-62 of the for a complete set of Cottage fleece rules. 


 


 


Here are basic copies of the Spin-off and the Cottage Fleece scorecards for your reference.